Tiller, Carroll pace Missouri past Texas Tech
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)—DeMarre Carroll scored 27 points and J.T. Tiller had seven steals to lead full-court pressure that hounded Texas Tech into a season-high 29 turnovers in Missouri’s 97-86 victory on Saturday.
Marcus Denmon had 14 points and Kim English 13, while Leo Lyons added 12 off the bench, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Tiller added eight points, two blocked shots and two assists for Missouri (17-3, 4-1), which had a season-high 20 steals and led by 18 points in both halves.
Missouri has won four in a row and eight of nine, and the 4-1 start in conference play is Missouri’s best since 2001-02, when it advanced to the Elite Eight behind Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert. After throttling their first two Big 12 opponents at Mizzou Arena by a total of 76 points, Saturday’s game drew season-high attendance of 13,357.
Missouri topped its victory total from last season, a 16-16 finish, and won its 14th straight at home to set a record at the 5-year-old Mizzou Arena. The 17-3 start represents the school’s best start since 1994-95.
Alan Voskuil had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals for Texas Tech (11-8, 1-3), which has lost four of five. Robert Lewandowski added 16 points and John Roberson 15.
The Red Raiders cut the deficit to seven points before Missouri settled it with eight straight points, the last seven by Denmon on a layup, two free throws and a 3-pointer for an 85-70 cushion with just under 4 1/2 minutes to go.
Tiller topped his previous best of six steals and ended up one shy of Reggie Smith’s school record of eight against Florida A&M on Dec. 3, 1992.
Tiller had two steals, two blocks and a layup in the first 2 1/2 minutes, helping Missouri take an early 10-1 lead. Texas Tech committed five turnovers in the first 1:40, forcing coach Pat Knight to call a pair of early timeouts.
Texas Tech settled down somewhat at the end of the half, scoring seven straight points in one stretch to help cut the deficit to 53-41 at the break.